United Way invests in economic empowerment, so more families have the resources and support to help meet their basic needs, weather emergencies and invest in a brighter future.
THE POWER OF A DOLLAR:
$120 can provide free tax preparation services to one low-income individual or family, helping them to avoid expensive fees and maximize their return through available tax credits.
Basic Needs Support in Action:
Louis first came to Apprisen a year ago with a crippling amount of unsecured debt, as well as a heavily mortgaged house. Desperate for relief, Louis was seeking options to help him pay the debt, as well as a better way to manage his finances. He enrolled in a one year financial coaching program to help him gain skills and change behaviors for long term financial improvement. The changes he has made have turned his initial $2,100 per month budget shortfall to a budget surplus of close to $2,000. His net worth has improved significantly from $15,971 to $94,164, and credit scores have risen by about 80 points. Most significantly, his confidence level in managing his finances is now very high. Louis is now building emergency savings.
In his final meeting, Louis stated, "I finally feel that I am in control of my money for the first time in my adult life."